Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I just read an article about school inspections in Ireland. The article basically talked about how an Early Childhood Center had not, had an inspection for 2 years, but the information reported online stated that the center was either in compliance or noncompliance with the State Rules and Regulations on how Early Childhood Centers should run; without providing any additional information. Because the school did not have an inspection for two years the information online was incorrect, this was the basis on which the article was written.
Let me explain a little about State Rules and Regulations, the names and functions are probably different from State to State and formatted differently based on Countries. In California it is called Childcare Licensing, and it is basically designed to make sure schools are doing what they are supposed to do so that the children in their care remain safe.
The response to State Representatives in Centers varies. Some directors and teachers are calm and go about their day as though they have another visitor at their center, while others run around trying to make sure everything is as it should be, so that they will not be given a deficiency note. This is my take on the situation and a philosophy that I have worked by since I started in the Early Childhood system. “Do what you are supposed to do the correct way, so when State Licensing comes to your center, you don’t have to make drastic changes to stay in compliance, you will already be there.”
I agree with the article, if the information is not correct and accurate then don’t put it up. But if you must put something up, then include the date, so that the parents know when it happened. I also agree with the information being online for parents to check. They have a right to know what a center is being accused of before they bring their child there. I notice that some schools must post their deficiency notices on the exit door so that it is visible to the parents when they leave. I also think that this is a good idea a well; parents should know what is going on in a center where they leave their child for long periods of time.
Calling State is a very touchy action in Early Childhood, and some Directors do not react favorable when an employee calls state on the center. This is my take on it; as a Director /Leader, it is your responsibility to know what is going on in your center at all times and it is also your responsibility to know the Rules and Regulations set forth by your State. If those rules are being broken, you should know it. So there really isn't any excuses to why your center should have deficiency notices for things such as classrooms being over-ratio. However, I do understand that we all drop the ball and even the best directors have occasional shortcomings. But correcting the problem quickly will avoid any long term negative effects on the center.
So teachers, when you worry about calling State on your center, please keep in mind that State Rules and Regulations are designed to keep your students safe. If you feel that you need to speak to your director concerning the matter first, do so, but always keep the safety of your students as your first priority.
Ms. Darla <3
Here is another site that further explains what they call; Crèches reports.